Business Rusch Publishing Articles

This mini guide begins with the oldest articles and goes to the newest.

Trust Me

Pushing The Envelope



Royalty Statements

Royalty Statements Update

Advocates, Addendums and Sneaks, oh my!

Writing Like It’s 1999

Surviving The Transition Part One

Publishers (Surviving The Transition Part Two)

Agents (Surviving The Transition Part Three)

Plan For The Future (Surviving The Transition Part Four)

A Special Post For Writers With Agents

Bookstore Observations

Short Stories

You Are Not Alone

Slush Pile Truths

Popcorn Kittens!

Third Quarter Blues

Deal Breakers

Deal Breakers Continued


Common Sense and the Writer

Odds, Ends, and More Slush Pile Truths

Unexpected Gold In Self Help Books

Fighting Uphill

Playing To Win 

Professional Writers

The Fear Chronicles 

Free E-Book 

The Way We Were

New Paths 


Believe in Yourself 


The Old Stone Path

How Traditional Publishers Are Making Money

Writers And Traditional Publishing Companies

The Writer’s Guide To Evaluating a Traditional Publishing Company

How To Make Traditional Publishing Writer Friendly

Traditional Publishing and Its Suppliers

The Halo Effect

The Holiday Surprise

Writers: Will Work For Cheap

Why Not?

Bestseller Lists And Other Thoughts


The Book Trade

Writers, Venture Capitalists, and Barnum, Oh My

Sneaky Growth


You Asked For My Opinion

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Scarcity and Abundance


Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain


Writers and the DOJ Lawsuit

The Changing Definition of Publishing

One Phone Call From Our Knees

Royalty Statements Update 2012

The “Brutal” 2000-Word Day

Not A Real Survey

It’s The End of The World As We Know It

Hurry Up. Wait.

Lines in The Sand


Careers, Critics, and Professors

Writers and Business

Deal Breakers 2012

The End of the Reversion Clause (Deal Breakers 2012)

The Future and Balance (Deal Breakers 2012)

The Agent Clause (Deal Breakers 2012)

A Tale of Two Royalty Statements

The End of the Unprofessional Writer

A Warning to All Writers Who Need Help Indie Publishing

A Good Offense

The Writer You Want To Be

Content Is King

Watching The Numbers

Why Writers Disappear

Why Writers Disappear (Part Two)

Why Writers Disappear (Part Three)

Rights Reversion

No Reader Left Behind

Want To Be Read 100 Years From Now? Here’s How [Estate]

Agents and Money


Getting Rid of the Middle Man

Ghosts of Writers Future [Estate]

Writing Like It’s 2009

Where Art Meets Commerce

The All-Important Fan Base

Year-End Numbers

Fearless Inventories [Estate]

Found Information

Editorial Revisions

Hiring Editors

What Writers Need To Know

 The Gift That Keeps On Giving [Estate]

Out! All of You!

The Death of Publishing

Binge Reading

More Distribution Changes

The Bad Book

The Logic Behind Self-Publishing

Four Years


Book As Event



The Year of The Bookstore

Shifting Sands

Word of Mouth

The Changing Playing Field

Good Help

Stages of an Indie Writer

Murder Most Foul

Life-Changing Events

Selling Books Elsewhere

The Global View

Blame The Writer

Attack of the Popcorn Kittens!!!!!!!!!!!

Dreams And Bestsellers


The Biggest News of The Summer

Career Writers

A Career Versus Publication

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Story Demands

Ain’t Nothing Perfect

Addendums, Rights Grabs, and Agents (Yet Again)

Pen Names


Carrots And Sticks

Advertising, Print Editions, and Traditional Publishing (Discoverability Part One)

The Helpful Reader (Discoverability Part Two) 

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Discoverability Part 3)

The Old Ways (Discoverability Part 4)

The Old Ways Part 2 (Discoverability Part 4 Continued)

A Paradigm Shift (Discoverability Kinda)

In The Beginning (Discoverability Part 5)

Branding (Discoverability Part 6)

Pricing (Discoverability Part 7)

Pricing Part 2 (Discoverability Part 7 Continued)

Marketing and Readers (Discoverability Part Who Knows)

More Passive Marketing (Discoverability Part 8)

Blogs, Guest Blogs, and Blog Interviews (Discoverability Part 9)

Social Media (Discoverability Part 10)


The Publishing Series (10/2010 to 3/2011)


13 responses to “Business Rusch Publishing Articles”

  1. […] had taken a writing workshop with Dean Wesley Smith and he mentioned that his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch will write a bunch of short stories before she starts the main novel in a new […]

  2. I’m so glad I read through the comments.
    I’d been looking for the Discoverability posts to recommend them to a friend. Thanks for taking the time to write them, Kris, I really appreciate the series, and your blog in general. Especially the Freelancer’s Survival Guide and the Discoverability series. And the estate planning information… The two chief weapons of the Spanish inquisition are… (*Monty Python quote warning*)

  3. Kate says:

    Hi there —

    None of your Business Rusch posts past October are (as far as I can tell) available on this index page, and I am terribly anxious that I’ll want to refer to them — for instance, your superb Discoverability series — and I WON’T BE ABLE TO FIND THEM. Ever again. They will have vanished into the ether.

    Am I missing a super-obvious way to access them? I apologize if this is a really dumb question and I’m overlooking something like a “next page” button.

    Many thanks.

    • Sorry, Kat. I’m so busy, I haven’t been able to update it. Scroll to the bottom of any business rusch post and hit the “posted in business rusch” link. You’ll be able to find them that way. Here’s the link to help. Or go to the categories section and hit “Business Rusch” I hope that helps!

      • Kate says:

        Wow, thanks. Didn’t expect you to deal on it so quickly. Feel like somewhat of a nag. In any event, I appreciate it, since using the search function was entirely adequate.

        But since I’ve already established myself as a pain in your ass, wanted to mention that the “Carrots and Sticks” post is not clickable.

        *Does not warrant immediate attention*

        or response, really.

        Thanks for all you do.

        • Oh, I know that it’s not clickable. Plus a handful aren’t even up there. But you and Drew were right: it’s hard to find the rest of the series, and since I’m being a pill about comments (read the series before commenting) I really should make it easy to read the series. So, I figure if two of you mentioned it, twenty were thinking it. 🙂 Thanks for getting me off my butt. I’ll get to rest Real Soon Now. 🙂

  4. Taryn says:

    Ms. Rusch,

    Thanks so much for the time and dedication you put into these posts. It’s Christmas and I am reading your blogs and enjoying every second. The sheer amount of content and your unparalleled “insider’s look” at publishing and writing is just empowering to me. And just for the record, you have the best reader comments on the web. Lots of smart people out there reading this blog. I am glad I found you and I will continue to donate and tweet and spread the word about this little gem I’ve found. I feel so honored that you would take the time to share decades worth of experience. Wow. THANK YOU again! And happy holidays.

  5. Kristine, I subscribe to your blog and often share your posts with my writing friends. I also bought your Freelancer’s Survival Guide, and recommend it all the time, and I first bought ‘Millenium Babies’ on Fictionwise, when they still had the old micropay system for short stories (I also discovered both Resnicks and Joe Haldeman there–that system was great for discovering ‘new’ authors in the nineties, when ebooks were often truly awful).
    In a recent post, you were wondering if your Business Rusch posts would have to go. Please continue them. You are one of the few voices in the blogosphere that have a foot in the current paradigm as well as the old. Without your voice, we might be left with the writer who tells us to revise our novels based on reader criticism.

  6. Toby Neal says:

    Thanks for being one of my influencers. You’re a pioneer and an inspiration.

  7. Thanks Kristine for your thoughts on publicising indie books on the net. For authors setting out on this somewhat scary path it’s good to know the best way of going about it, and the methods that can take a lot of time and effort, but give a poor result.

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